Turkey train collision injures 32

Turkey train collision injures 32
# 06 May 2010 22:38 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. Thirty-two people, including a pregnant woman, have been injured in Turkey after a coach derailed, colliding with a train coming from the opposite direction, APA reports quoting presstv.ir website.

The accident occurred in Kocaeli Province, some 100 km (60 miles) east of Istanbul, Governor Gokhan Ozer of Kocaeli told state television.

Medical workers and survivors carried the injured on stretchers to ambulances, television footage showed. Most of the injured were taken to a nearby hospital, Ozer said.

The collision occurred when a train carriage travelling from Adapazari to Istanbul derailed at 7:40 p.m. (1640 GMT), hitting a train coming from the opposite direction.

Train accidents are common in Turkey. The last train accident occurred on January 3, killing one person and injuring several others.

In Turkey’s worst train accident in recent years, a newly inaugurated high-speed train, travelling from Istanbul to Ankara, derailed in 2004, killing 37 people and injuring 95 others.

Turkey’s rail network is beset by signaling malfunctions, ill-equipped trains, deteriorating tracks and a lack of barriers at road crossings. The government says it is working to improve the country’s rail system.
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